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Work Experience for Psychology. - May 12th 2009, 11:59 AM

I want to do something in Psychology for work experience and...I have to hand the form in by Friday but I can't think of anything. You can't exactly follow a psychologist around because of the clients confidentiality so I'm out of ideas.

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Re: Work Experience for Psychology. - May 12th 2009, 12:04 PM

Talk to your careers advisor at school, they should be able to help with some ideas, otherwise you could look on the Connexions website.

I'd highly recommend that you look on volunteering websites, that's what I did and there were quite a few options.
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Re: Work Experience for Psychology. - May 12th 2009, 12:19 PM

Some psychologists do let work experience kids shadow them ... not for actual sessions, but when visiting wards etc in hospitals they sometimes allow shadowing like regular doctors would.
You could try applying for some work in a respite care home? They look after people with physical and mental disabilities to give their families a break. They don't often advertise but if you do some research and call them most are willing to take on volunteers.
Working in a school also looks good for psychology, because it's a diverse environment and helps out when you study child development / peer influence / friendships etc.

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Re: Work Experience for Psychology. - May 13th 2009, 07:40 PM

Ok, so basically you are right, getting actual experience with a psychologist is going to be very difficult. HOWEVER, you can get experience with vunerable people which means you can still reflect on your experience working with vunerable people. This could be working in a hospice, care home or school for children with special needs or disabilities -- universities understand that you are not going to be able to get specific work experience ESPECIALLY under 18 so working with vunerable people will be perfectly good enough. All the ones I mentioned do actually involve psychology to a degree (especially special needs or disabilities) and you may be able to network and make connections whilst there. I worked at a care home for a week and was able to make lots of connections so have since got more work experience because I gave such a good impression and put myself out there to meet people and network!
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Re: Work Experience for Psychology. - May 26th 2009, 04:47 PM

Well, my sister was in the same position as you and she has got work experience placement at a school with the educational psychologist

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